The blanket, called a SleepSack, helps parents ensure their baby sleeps safer during naps and at night. The embroidered message “Back is best” reminds all caregivers to put babies on their back at bedtime. The gift is possible thanks to a grant provided by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation.
Providing the SleepSack to parents is another way that Metro Health Hospital can educate new parents on safe sleeping practices before they take their baby home.
“Fluffy quilts, comforters, pillows and bumper pads may look cute in a crib, but they do not provide a safe sleep environment for babies,” said Laura McDonald, clinical director of obstetrics. “Each year too many infants die from sleep-related issues, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. We want to help prevent the tragic loss of a child by doing our part in making sure that parents are fully educated in safe sleeping practices
“We are incredibly appreciative of this generous grant, which will allow our staff to educate new parents on safe sleeping practices for their babies. The SleepSack is a wonderful gift that we are now able to provide parents leaving Metro Health.”
Metro Health is committed to maternal and family education outreach. In addition to providing the SleepSack, Metro Health Hospital staff also shares comprehensive safety tips with new parents, including the following safe sleeping practices:
• Put babies to sleep in a crib or bassinet, not in the parental bed or on a couch
• Do not have toys, blankets or other objects in the sleeping area
• Use a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet
• Ensure that the babies face is uncovered
• Put the child to sleep on his or her back
About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health Hospital allows individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings, improve overall patient care and fund a wide variety of programs and services. For more information, visit www.metrohealth.net/
About Metro Health Hospital
A Top 100 Hospital for the third year in a row, Metro Health Hospital is a 208-bed general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital that serves more than 130,000 patients in Kent and surrounding counties. Metro Health offers a broad range of services, including inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, wellness and community education. Metro’s work is supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, which is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy. For more information, visit www.metrohealth.net.